Brows: What to do with them | CharlotteBehappy




Brows are great! They're often one of the best parts about doing your makeup. They can make you feel fierce and frame your face. This post should explain the details of the three main ways of eyebrow grooming: threading, plucking and waxing. As someone who's experienced(-ish) with all three I feel slightly qualified to tell you the how, what, & costs of the three. 

Plucking

The easiest and most common way of maintaining the brows. All you need is a pair of tweezers which aren't usually too expensive. You can do this in the comfort of your own home and don't need any products, just a steady hand. It is time consuming as you have to pluck each individual hair. Mostly on top of the brow and in the middle of your brows is pretty pain free but anywhere underneath and on the brow bone, is pretty painful. Hairs don't stay gone for too long but with one little pluck it's gone again. It's pretty hard to shape your brows by plucking and you're need to be very careful as it's very common for people to overpluck their brows. In between waxes and threads it's a cheap way to keep your brows presentable. It's also the most common way to get ingrown hairs. As well as this, it doesn't give a clean shape like the other methods do.

Waxing

I payed £3.50 for my eyebrow waxing but it does vary from place to place. They put hot wax around the brows and use a wax strip (like for any other part of your body but smaller), to remove the wax. It's quick and does sting a little but doesn't leave your skin too red (if you're a paler girl). It's not too precise but is good for tidying up and shaping and it takes a lot off at once. If you've never fiddled with your brows before, I'd recommend this first simply because it's not too painful but will give you great brows. One problem I find is that unless I run home and scrub my face (which I don't), any wax residue can leave you with small spots around your brows. If you already have acne around your brows, then this is not for you as it'll be quite painful.

Threading

This was originally from Eastern cultures but is now popular over in the West. It's literally a piece of thread, moved against your skin to remove hairs. This is what I currently do. I pay £3 for this and it doesn't involve any products (apart from a little aloe), so no spots there. It does leave my skin red so this probably isn't one for sensitive skin. It's fairly painful but removes hair precisely and a lot at once. It also lasts the longest out of the three but when the hairs start to grow back, they all come at once, so I just pluck them away. You do have to hold your face slightly for the threading lady but it's still great. It's good for thinner and thicker brows. I'd recommend this for real brow fanatics. I wouldn't recommend going to brow bars because the prices are extortianite and just rip you off. I would look a small beauty places, the kind of places you'd get a bikini wax, as most of them now do threading. Even better if you go to place where the threaders are Indian as they'll probably know the best about it. Usually they trim my brows too and £3 is really affordable, as I only get mine done every 3 weeks. Threading and waxing requires your brows to grow out a bit so you might have a week with crazy eyebrows whereas plucking will just 

So, as you may realise, there are pros and cons to all three but it's about what works best for you. If naturally you have great brows, go to plucking. A bit bushier, waxing. In between, thick or sparse, threading (if you can bare the pain!). Well, good luck on your eyebrow endeavors!